Visiting and exploring Mostar and Herzegovina 4 cities including Konjic, Jablanica, Počitelj and Blagaj as a day tour from Sarajevo is truly the best way to fulfil your Bosnian holiday.
This UNESCO based tour is undoubtedly the best way to plunge into experiencing region of Herzegovina and its amazingly beautiful scenery, as well as understanding its fascinating cultural diversity and mind provoking history.
Departure Times Daily at 8 AM.
Pickup Locations Tour departs once a day from Funky Tours office. If you need pickup please let us know in advance.
Activity Note: The tour is adapted to all ages and is not physically demanding. Due to the distance of the locations, we use vehicles during the tour.
Meet our team at the office or your preferred pickup location. Your guide will help you experience all cultural, historical, natural diversity of Herzegovina most beautiful cities and will make sure no questions remain unanswered, even of personal nature, so don’t refrain from sharing your thoughts and opinions at any moment of time.
Morning ride will take us through interesting suburbs of Sarajevo and areas of central Bosnia until we pass Ivan mountain and enter Herzegovina region. As soon as in Herzegovina, we’ll start descending, as region of Herzegovina is generally on lower altitudes and is totally different climate, so you’ll notice dramatic natural environment change.
First stop of the day is short visit to old part of Konjic town. Unique, prehistorically inhabited, famous for 17th century 6-arch Old Bridge, looming over turquoise Neretva river, usually very sunny place, is day’s perfect start. Standing at WW2’s last day, during the Nazi withdrawal, destroyed bridge, we learn the story of the “monument to human stupidity”, mystery of Tito’s Bunker, famousness of white water rafting at upper Neretva region and glacier Boracko Lake, and few other stories before we continue our way.
>Konjic Old Bridge – Crossroad between Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ride continues by passing large, dammed but very beautiful Jablaničko lake, with short stop at Jablanica where we will cross the river walking just next to the remains of the old bridge and learn WW2 story of “Neretva Battle”.
When in Jablanica, story of the famous roasted lamb on the spit is an absolute must so we will make sure to “sniff” into the way how this greatest delicacy is prepared.
Views of Jablaničko lake and regions of Prenj mountain are simply breathtaking and will make you wanna stop and breathe those in.
>Jablanica bridge destroyed during the WW2 famous Neretva battle
40 kms from Mostar, and around 20 kms from Pocitelj, Trebižat River plummets in a 28m-high arc creating a mesmerising natural and 120 meters wide water amphitheater known as Kravice Waterfall. These captivating waterfalls trapped in lush greenery are a perfect setting for everyone looking for a scape into intact nature.
For those of you who are into swimming and pedalling, or simply enjoying one of the most photogenic disney-like settings which has its charm no matter the season of the year you are visiting, Kravica Waterfall is an absolute must additional stop.
> Kravica Waterfall is a paradisiacal cascade on the Trebižat River nested in a heartland of Herzegovina karst.
Then we continue through some really amazing parts of Neretva river canyon, telling the unique stories of Herzegovina, before we arrive to our second stop – Počitelj.
Stunningly nested above Neretva river, visit to Počitelj (“Počivati” – Bos.”to rest in peace”), easy uphill, one hour long walking activity, accompanied with a stories of town’s development and strategic importance during its 600+ year long written history and visit to most important sites such as Hajji Alija Mosque, Clock Tower and Gavrankapetanovic tower, IS A MUST, for anyone passing through or near Herzegovina region.
Unique, medieval, Ottoman era glorified, present day Ottoman-Mediterranean style designed fortress – town Počitelj, is one of the very few urban ensembles in Bosnia and Herzegovina preserved in their integrity to the present times.
In the end of the walk we take some time for locally grown fresh lemonade or Bosnian coffee if you prefer 🙂
>Pocitelj town overlooking Neretva river – Herzegovina
After Počitelj, we keep going, and after short ride arrive to Blagaj.
Blagaj town is home to Buna river spring – Europe’s most beautiful, most powerful, clean and drinkable karst river spring, settled beneath few hundred meters high rock. Water comes out of quite large but stunningly deep cave, which springs amazing 43 cubic meters of water per second. Can you imagine this?
Just next to the spring, under the rock, is home to Blagaj Tekke – Dervish house, dating most likely pre or early Ottoman era from early 16th century, as unique sacral-residential example of Islamic architecture in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Visiting this complex and learning more about Dervish life in Herzegovina as important part of our history is, MUST DO.
For Muslim travellers “Tekija” is place where prayers are hosted 5 times a day and can be attended if wanted.
As we finish visit to “Blagajska Tekija” and “Izvor rijeke Bune” we stay there for bit longer. It is time for lunch. Due to famousness and cleanliness of Buna river the most important thing to taste in Blagaj today is local trout. That is why we don’t leave the place before we offer our guests to try locally prepared trout on “Blagaj Way”, enjoying amazing scenery of Buna river spring and Dervish house next to it. Vegetarians don’t worry, we have solutions for you as well 🙂
Lunch is not included in the price, so plan some 8 to 10 EUR extra for the lunch.
>Blagaj River Spring and Dervish House
Later only, 15 minute further it is time for Mostar experience which is the most important jewel on our “Herzegovina Necklace” day trip.
As soon as we arrive to Mostar we start our walking tour which will cover most important sites and locations in Mostar.
We focus at Mostar’s Old Bridge, Old Bazaar and Old Town, but offer stories of Mostar’s uniqueness, in regard to historical and cultural diversity.
Story of Mostar will be about the Bridge, it’s rise and fall, and how it had risen again. You will learn about Siege of Mostar, about why it is called Mostar, about “Mostarians”. We recreate Mostar for you and with you.
In Mostar, if preferred, we give our guests free time to explore on their own as we simply do not like to “hold a candle all the way”.
Sunsets are amazing time in Mostar, so we’ll have drink at place overlooking the bridge panorama and discuss more about everything we did today.
When Mostar is done, it is time to go back to Sarajevo, and it will take us around two hours ride before we are “home”.
The reason why, during this day tour, we prefer to arrive to Mostar around 3 or 4 pm and then explore Mostar, is because in the afternoon most of the day tours and big groups passing through Mostar are already gone, so we get to have Mostar for ourselves for maximised experience.
On the way back we can make another break for those desiring to try famous roasted lamb at Jablanica. We expect to be in Sarajevo around 7 pm, so better don’t plan too many things that evening as days can be quite long sometime.
>Mostar old bridge during the sunset
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My friend and i booked two tours with Funky Tours and oh my god, was it amazing! Our first tour was the one to Mostar. We went with a small group and our guide, Almir, was besides a good driver an awesome tourguide. He has a lot of knowledge and clearly loves his beautiful country. He even showed us some cool places that arent on the tour usually.
Two days later we went to Srebrenica with Funky Tours and we even went back to their office to make sure Almir was our guide again. The Srebrenica tour is heavy and quite sad, but since you got a lot of time in the memorial centre you will learn a lot about this sad part of Bosnian history. Afterwards we had lunch with a local family and wow, what a great opportunity to learn more about the life of a Bosniak family in the Republika Srpska. Our host Lejla was an amazing cook, a very sweet woman and had interesting stories to tell.
If you visit Bosnia, make sure to book a tour with Funky Tours. They will go above and beyond to make sure you will have an amazing experience, and you will leave this beautiful country with a lot of new knowledge. Oh, and make sure Almir is your tour guide! He’s simply the best!
Fantastic experience! Such amazing value for money and substantial time spent at each stop. A no-brainer tour for anyone with limited time in Bosnia & Herzegovina who wants to see as much as possible without having to drive themselves.
Great day out with Funky Tours. This day gave a great illustrative example of how beautiful and under-rated Bosnia-Herzegovina is. Mustafa was a great guide, picking us up early in the morning. His commentary was great, and answered our many questions. Lunch was a highlight at a beautiful restaurant beside the water and Mostar exceeded our expectations. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Funky Tours and don’t hesitate in visiting beautiful Sarajevo and this country. Also special mention to Allam (I hope I spelt it right!) who gave my myself and son a really early transfer back to the airport the following day – what a lovely young man!
Everything was a highlight, brilliant day that was tailored to meet our needs as a family.
Excellent guide who provided lots of interesting info during the day.
Funky tour are professionalsnd experience organization. They were very helpful and flexible to meet our needs (they changed also the date of our trip due to weather conditions) and their guides are locals and knowledgeables. Highly reccomended if you wish to enjoy and visit over a weekend.